Culture & Heritage

Athlone Castle

For young or old, this is an opportunity to explore. Climb the steps to the castle keep and enjoy the view across the majestic River Shannon or climb higher still to the castle turrets and look across the rooftops of the whole town. Then take a step back in history.
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Family Fun

Glendeer Pet Farm

Just 5 miles from Athlone, the whole family can get a whole lot closer to nature. There are all sorts of animals from the familiar to the exotic. See the deer, pot bellied pigs, goats, donkeys, sheep and cows.
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Culture & Heritage

Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park

Just 10 minutes from Athlone in Moate, you find Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park, a wonderful get away that’s full of natural beauty. With a series of paths, a wetland reserve, parklands and a children’s playground, it’s a fabulous place to get out for a stroll. You’ll see lots of birdlife, native trees and planting. There’s also a tourlough that’s bursting with life.
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Active & Outdoor

Old Rail Trail

All year round the new Athlone to Mullingar Greenway is the perfect way to get out with the kids and enjoy the fresh air. Bring your own bikes or hire them where the trail begins in Garrycastle. The route follows the old railway line for over 40kms all the way to Mullingar and because it’s for bikes and pedestrians only, it couldn’t be safer. Plus there are no hills so it’s easy on little legs too. There are entry and exit points every few kilometres so there are plenty of places to stop and explore along the way. The whole family will love Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park just outside Moate. With beautiful grounds, stone ring forts, fantastic sculptures, a brilliant playground and a fab café for mum and dad, it’s sure to be a hit. After that, there are old station platforms, towering bridges, beautiful countryside and even an deep rail tunnel. Whether you choose to just do a small section or to use Athlone as your base and do it all over a few days, the Old Rail Trail is a cycling route where you can let go and really enjoy.
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On the Water

Baysports

On the shores of the majestic Lough Ree, a fresh water adventure centre awaits. As well as sailing, kayaking, pier jumping and even Chinese dragon boating there’s one unique must do experience your kids will love, Baysports is also home to the tallest floating slide in the world, awarded by Guinness World Records.
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On the Water

Viking Tours

Get on board for a bit of bearded wonder as Viking Mike sets course for history, beauty and myth filled magic. Sail north up to Lough Ree, the Lake of the Kings, or south down along the River Shannon to Clonmacnoise, the most famous monastic site in Ireland.
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Culture & Heritage

Luan Gallery

Stroll across the bridge in Athlone and nestling on the right hand bank you’ll find the stunning Luan Gallery. A showcase for the most interesting artists from the midlands, Ireland and abroad, the building itself is a modern work of art in its own right. With floor to ceiling windows offering uninterrupted views across the majestic Shannon water, it’s a space that gives the work real room to breath. There’s always an eclectic and balanced mix of media on display from painting to sculpture to textiles. Entry is completely free and if you’d like a one on one tour, that’s free too. All you have to do is ask. What’s more the collection on display changes every two months so there’s always something new to see. A feast for the eyes, it’s a fantastic way to spend some time.
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Culture & Heritage

The Hill of Uisneach

Since prehistoric times, the Hill of Uisneach has been the great assembly for the tribes and High Kings of Ireland. It was here that laws were made and disputes settled. A place of energy and renewal, people have been drawn here for over 5000 years. This was the seat of High Kings, a sacred site of worship, the place where St. Patrick established a presence and the burial ground for Éiru, the goddess after whom the Ireland was named. And it was from here that Catholic Bishops met in 1111AD to begin the work of dividing Ireland into Dioceses. This is the royal centre of Ireland and the coming together of the five provinces. The fifth being Mide, the magical ‘otherworld’. This sacred site still hosts Ireland’s oldest festival, the Uisneach Bealtaine celebration. It is a festival of Irish culture, art, heritage, ceremony and sport which has been held here every May since time memorial.
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Culture & Heritage

Kilbeggan Distillery

Immerse yourself in over 250 years of Irish whiskey making at Kilbeggan Distillery, the heart of Kilbeggan town for two centuries. See the 19th century water wheel that’s still in use and the steam engine, which is still fired up on special occasions. You’ll enjoy a visit to the old warehouses and even get to meet the onsite distillers. But no trip to a distillery is complete without a wee drop. So a tour that’s literally steeped in history, treat yourself to a master class in tasting Kilbeggan’s four unique Irish Whiskeys, Greenore Single Grain, Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt and Connemara Peated Single Malt. If you’re the designated driver don’t worry. You’ll get a taster size to enjoy the moment you get home.
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See & Do

Horans Pork Shop

Horans Pork Shop are a family business that is in its third generation as specialist Pork Butchers. We source pigs locally, and run our own approved abbitoir so we have full control of our products which is a luxury these days. All of our customers are different so we cater to everyone's needs, from the large family, to the single student, and we give each and every one the same care and attention. Call into the shop we will be more than happy to help you choose the right cut for you.
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See & Do

Strawberry Hill Antiques

Strawberry Hill Jewellery & Antiques, on Church Street, Athlone, specialises in extraordinary French and Italian antique furniture and chandeliers, as well as an array of beautiful unique jewellery.  With a fabulous collection of chandeliers, mirrors, and furniture and unique collection of jewellery from modern, minimalist silver designs to ornate vintage costume pieces that make a huge statement of an outfit.
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Discover Athlone

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre is located in the medieval village of Tulsk, within the royal complex of Cruachan, the oldest and largest unexcavated royal complex in Europe. Rathcroghan archaeological complex has a huge concentration of sites – over 240 in all, contained within a 6km² area. With everything from Neolithic tombs to Iron Age burial mounds, ringforts to standing stones, the great ceremonial mound of Rathcroghan and even Ireland’s Gate to Hell, this landscape has to be seen to be believed. Alongside the archaeology is a fascinating early medieval literature, it being the home, after all, of the Great Warrior Queen of Connacht, Medb (Maeve), who sent vast armies out in search of the Brown Bull of Cooley. Explore Rathcroghan and medieval Tulsk through the new interpretive exhibition, take a guided tour of the archaeological complex with one of the knowledgeable guides, or visit the sites at your own pace. While you’re here, relax in the award-winning Táin Café, pick up a unique memento of your visit to Connacht’s ancient capital in their gift shop, and most of all, have fun!
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